Thursday, January 31, 2008
In compensation for today's and yesterday's unscheduled public holidays, the government has announced that Saturday, February 2, 2008, usually part of the weekend in Jordan, will be a regular working day.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The government-sanctioned religious authorities of the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery assert that Tsagaan Sar should occur on February 8, while another astrologer, D. Dashtseren, predicts February 7, validating his claim with the argument that “If [Tsagaan Sar is] celebrated on February 8, sufferings may prevail in three years”.
Unimpressed, the Bank of Mongolia has listed February 8 as the official Tsagan Sar public holiday, adding a 4th day, on February 11, for good measure.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
In addition, due to the extremely early date of Easter in 2008, Whit Monday, on May 12, will follow the Thursday, May 8, public holiday, meaning that one can expect many, if not most, offices to be deserted on Friday, May 9, 2008, as French white-collar workers enjoy one of their beloved ponts (bridge holiday).
This means that most businesses, and government services, will be closed on May 2, 2008. In addition, federal civil servants and those contractually assimilated to civil servants, will get Monday, November 10, 2008, as a one-off bridge public holiday.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The EC felt it needed to make this announcement, as in recent national elections and referenda, Thailand had always declared the day after the polls (always held on a Sunday) as a public holiday to allow people the time to return from their home villages to the cities where they work (one must vote in one's home village, in Thailand).
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The proponents of this bill face an uphill battle, considering the general sentiment, in Argentina, that there are already enough public holidays, and the fact that if a new public holiday was to be declared, then a return of Carnival (the only remaining public holiday, abolished by the military junta, and which has not yet been restored) would be a clear first choice.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Note, however, that Saparmurat Niyazov had the forethought to create another public holiday, also on February 19, called Flag Day, which will not be cancelled. This mean that those who wish to continue to celebrate Saparmurat Niyazov's birthday will continue to have a day off to do so.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Note that Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's federal capital and its economic centre, and that the stock exchange, the central depository, the central bank and all banks will be closed and as such, there will be no trading, clearing and settlement activities on this date.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Note that, originally, there were to be 2 election dates, the first, a primary, in February, followed by a run-off election in March, between the 2 parties with the most votes. However, as only 2 parties have presented themselves for these elections, there will be no need for a primary election in February.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Speaking about the upcoming renaming of the Lukla Airport as the ‘Hillary-Tenzing Airport’, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prithvi Subba Gurung, stated that "he would also make effort to give one day public holiday [for the] late Hillary". Presumably, this one-off public holiday would occur next week, on the occasion of Edmund Hillary's, January 22, State Funeral.
For its part, the president of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Jyoti Adhikari, urged the government to declare May 29 as the International Mount Everest Day.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
For the moment, all schools and universities have been closed for 2 days, the major roads in Sharjah have been completely flooded, and work at many construction sites in Sharjah and Ajman have been stopped due to the rain.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Some of the ideas floated about are: a new public holiday on May 29 (the anniversary of his 1953 climb), renaming the existing Waitangi Day public holiday, or the naming of one of New Zealand's mountains. For its part, the Green party is calling for an annual public holiday on the nearest Monday to Sir Edmund's July 20th birthday, arguing that it is right in the middle of winter, and that there is a really long gap, without any public holidays, between Queen’s birthday weekend and Labour Day weekend. Finally, New Zealand's largest private sector union, the EPMU, wants 22 January, 2008, the date of the official State funeral, to be a one-off public holiday.
Creating a Sir Edmund Hillary day would likely need parliament to change the Holidays Act, and for the moment, Prime Minister Helen Clark said she had given "no consideration", yet, to a public holiday, while Bronwyn Dalley, chief historian for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, said there was no precedent for a public holiday for a notable New Zealander.
However, the same lack of historical precedent existed, before 1992, when Sir Edmund Hillary was asked to give permission for his likeness to be used on the $5 note - the first living New Zealander so honoured (contrary to what has been reported elsewhere recently, it is the $5 bill that features Edmund Hillary; the $10 bill portrays the suffrage leader Kate Sheppard).
Reasons put forth for this bill include the assertion that the spirit of May 1st has become perverted, and that the Left has done nothing to avoid the holiday being taken over by extremists and hate-mongers. In addition, surrounding cantons are open on May 1st, meaning that business flows away from Zürich on that day.
Opposition parties are squarely against this reform and, having lost the parliamentary vote, are likely to try to force a referendum on the issue.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
The most likely candidates, at this time, are: British Forces Day (Monday closest to Armistice Day), April 23 (St George's Day as well as being Shakespeare's birthday), July 5 (anniversary of the birth of the NHS), and July 24 (Volunteers' Day, also touted as "Britishness Day").
More frivolous suggestions have included: Beatles Day on February 9 (the day the band first played at the Cavern Club) and Diana Day (on the Monday closest to Diana Spencer's birthday on July 1).Recall that over the last 12 months, there have been many calls for a new UK public holiday, based on the fact that, at 9 public holidays, the UK are in second to last place in the EU, and the long gap between the summer bank holiday, in August, and Christmas (see our posts of December 26, August 28, July 24, and June 27). For that reason, the most likely (and also the one specifically mentioned by name by Gordon Brown) option would be to make the Monday after/nearest to November 11 a public holiday.
Issued on the same day, Proclamation No. 1443, declares January 16, 2008, as special non-working day in Batangas City to honor and commemorate the feast of its patron saint, Sto. Niño.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This comes 3 days after news was released that the Angolan Cabinet Council approved, in one of its sessions in 2007, the methodological norms of organisation and commemoration of the national holidays, confirming as national holidays the dates of 4 January (Colonial Repression Martyrs' Day), 4 February (Day of the Start of the National Liberation Struggle against colonialism), 4 April (Peace and National Reconciliation Day), 17 September (National Hero`s Day), and 11 November (National Independence Day).
The timing of the announcement (the day after Orthodox Christmas)as well as wording of the declaration (note the plural used in "Christmas Days") are ambiguous and could lead one to believe that both western and Orthodox Christmases will become public holidays in the Gaza Strip, as they have been in the West Bank, since 1996.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
In unrelated news, January 9 has also been declared a special non-working holiday in Pangasinan to mark the celebration of Pangasinan Veterans' Day in that province, as institutionalized by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 6721 signed into law by former President Corazon Aquino on April 20, 1989.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
This decision is not a national unity government decision but one by the Khartoum state government under its governor, cabinet and parliament. The Khartoum state experience will be evaluated by the national unity government, and if it is workable and appreciated, then the other states will adopt the law.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Usually, only public holidays that fall on a Sunday, warrant the declaration of a day in lieu (cf. First and the Second Schedules to the Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, revised Edition 2003).
Follow-up (January 12, 2008) Since the above-quoted statement, the President of Liberia and some cabinet ministers have come out strongly against the idea, and have made it clear that Reverend Bropleh was not speaking in any official capacity.
This must have been a hasty, last-minute decision, as the posting on the foreign Ministry's web site announcing the January 10th date, is entitled "January 9th announced official holiday".
Since this represents a marked departure from the 5-year public holidays schedule published last year, we will be contacting the Foreign Ministry on Sunday morning (Jordan weekends are Fridays/Saturdays) to get clarification as to the status and expected validity of the aforementioned schedule of public holidays.